Posted Nov. 25, 2008 – Michael Vick is expected to plead guilty to state dogfighting charges Tuesday, a move that would make him eligible for early release.
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Federal law prevents prisoners from being released to a halfway house if there are unresolved charges pending. So, a plea agreement between Vick's legal team and Surry County Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter was brokered, which calls for the former Atlanta Falcons star to plead guilty to two felony counts — beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dog-fighting — in Surry County Circuit Court.
Each state felony count is punishable by up to five years in prison, but the plea agreement calls for the 28-year-old Vick to receive a suspended sentence and one year of probation.
Vick, who arrived in Virginia last Thursday, already is serving a 23-month sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., on a federal dog-fighting conviction. He's scheduled for release on July 20, 2009 and will serve three years' probation.
Poindexter told The Associated Press that he expects the judge to accept Vick's plea on the state charges and hand down the sentence today.